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Early modern tragedy and the cinema of violence /
Stevie Simkin.
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
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viii, 264 p. : ill.
ISBN
1403944113 (cloth)
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
isbn
1403944113 (cloth)
catalogue key
5829917
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2006-09-01:
Simkin (Univ. of Winchester, UK) offers here a provocative exploration of the shared traits of 17th-century revenge tragedies and their late-20th-century cinematic counterparts. More suggestive than definitive, the study uses a cultural-studies lens to expose commonalities across time period and genre--specifically, how gender and violence are depicted on stage or screen and how imaginary vigilantism responds to perceived failures of social justice. Simkin's tripartite structure includes 12 short comparative chapters that build on each other but also could stand alone. This format will prove useful for those wishing to focus on one of the book's sections but frustrating to those in search of a unified argument. The book has much to offer, especially chapters on the disturbing erotics of watching violence against women and analysis of movies like Straw Dogs, Enough, and Kill Bill (and their problematic heroines). Simkin's pairing of two disparate historical moments, and refusal to disclose any singular truth about need for revenge fantasies, challenges readers to see the "transhistoricism" of imagined violence. Written in accessible, jargon-free prose, this book will interest those in film studies, theater studies, and English literature. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Lower-/upper-division undergraduates and above. H. R. Hayton Guilford College
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Stevie Simkin considers parallel issues in revenge tragedies of the early 17th century & violent cinema of the past 30 years, offering a series of provocative explorations of death, revenge & justice, gender & violence.
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This is a highly original study that considers parallel issues in genres set four hundred years apart--revenge tragedies of the early seventeenth century and violent cinema of the last thirty years. Appealing to both literature and film scholars, the book also reconsiders the high/popular culture divide and reflects on the enduring significance of the revenge motif in Western culture.
Long Description
This is a highly original study that considers parallel issues in genres set four hundred years apart-revenge tragedies of the early seventeenth century and violent cinema of the last thirty years. It offers a series of provacative and original explorations of death and revenge, and gender and state politics. What happens when we connect The White Devil with Basic Instinct? The Changeling or Titus Andronicus with Straw Dogs? Doctor Faustus with Se7en? Taxi Driver or Robocop with The Spanish Tragedy? Appealing to both literature and film students and scholars, the book also reconsiders the high/popular culture divide and reflects on the enduring significance of the revenge motif in Western culture.
Main Description
This is a highly original study that considers parallel issues in genres set four hundred years apart-revenge tragedies of the early seventeenth century and violent cinema of the last thirty years. It offers a series of provacative and original explorations of death and revenge, and gender and state politics. What happens when we connect The White Devil with Basic Instinct ? The Changeling or Titus Andronicus with Straw Dogs ? Doctor Faustus with Se7en ? Taxi Driver or Robocop with The Spanish Tragedy ? Appealing to both literature and film students and scholars, the book also reconsiders the high/popular culture divide and reflects on the enduring significance of the revenge motif in Western culture.
Table of Contents
Introduction
'Worlds Apart': Early Modern, Postmodern
'Vengence is Mine: Justice and Revenge
'The Law is a ass': The State and the Individual
'A woman dipp'd in blood': Gender, Sexuality and Violence
'Vile Bodies': Violence, Spectacle and the Body in Pieces
Conclusion
Index
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